Thursday, April 30, 2009

April was a slow reading month for me. I read 4 books and 1 audio.

Montana Creeds: Tyler by Linda Lael Miller - Finished with this trilogy, but didn't like this one as much as the other two. Rating 3.5

Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost - I loved this book! If you like KMM's Fever series then you will love this series (it has more romance). I can't wait to read the other two, but I'm trying to finish the Shelfari Spring Challenge first. Rating 5 stars!!

Laird of the Mist by Paula Quinn - Very good. I didn't like it as much as my blog/shelfari friends did, but I thought it was very good. Rating 4 stars.

For the Love of Pete by Julia Harper (aka Elizabeth Hoyt) - I really liked this book. What I liked most about this book was that the hero and heroine are together through out the whole book. I loved Dante he was my kind of hero.
I haven't read any of her historicals yet. I know they have been raved about and I can't wait to read them. Rating 4.75 stars.

I re-listened to Blue-Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas - I loved this more the second time around. I just love Hardy Cates!! Rating 5 stars!!!!

I am currently reading Vision in White by Nora Roberts which is very good so far. It's been awhile since she has written a straight contemporary.

I am also listening to Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas which is very good so far.

I hope to have a better May reading wise.

Summer '09 Shelfari Challenge

Summer 09 Challenge FAQ’s June 1 - August 30
A big Thank-you to Beth (Carpoolqueen) for helping me put together a great list!!
1. Select ANY number of books to read that fit the category. (I changed this rule from 5, 10, or 15 books!)

2. Post your list on the discussion board and blog (Name’s Summer Challenge List)

3. If you need title suggestions please use the Discussion titled SUMMER TITLE SUGGESTIONS if you don't see it please search (to try and minimize number of discussions)

4. Once you have read a book please find the corresponding discussion by searching you can search by 09 Summer # and use the number that corresponds with the list. (one will be created for each number on June 1, again, to try and minimize number of discussions) and post the book and title you read and rating, and review.

5. It is not required, but if you could post your review on the blog that would be great.

6. Reviews on the blog please include labels list the rating, author, and # of challenge only.

7. Audio books are okay

8. Rereads are okay

9. You can change your list at anytime

1. Read a Title with a Sports Theme

2. Re-read a favorite

3. Read a Title by Linda Howard

4. Read a Title published before 2000

5. Hot word for summer (heat, sun, fire, fever, hot, blaze....)

6. Read a book that takes place in a warm location (Florida, Caribbean, Hawaii, etc...)

7. Unlikely here/heroine (whatever that means to you. overweight heroine, nerdy hero...)

8. Author with last name that starts with same letter as your last name.

9. Schoolmarms/Teachers/Governess...(it's summer no more classroom, no more books, no more teacher's dirty looks!!)(AAR is a good tool for this one!)

10. Title with a person of royalty (Duke/Princess/Marquis/Queen...)

11. Title with an "S" for Summer

12. Food type word (Sweet, Tasty, Cake, Lick, Bite...)

13. A Title Read/Reviewed in the Spring Challenge...

14. Reader's Choice...

15. Double Trouble, (a story with a twin or twins)...

Check out AAR!Visit our challenge group at shelfari!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

~ New Releases ~

I love this time of year. So many authors have books that are released. Check out what I got today......

Monday, April 27, 2009


Two of my favorite blogs are running contests this week......

Blanche @ There's No Such Thing as too Many Books welcomed author Beth Williamson to her blog. So check out the blog for an interview and fun contest. Contest runs through this Thursday she will be given away 2 copies of Hell for Leather and a copy of The Education of Madeline.

Also Barbara at Happily Forever After welcome Jenna Petersen/Jess Michaels to her blog. I was really excited about the because Scandalous is one of my favorite books. Barbara is giving away a copy of Taboo. So go on over and check out the post.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Laird of the Mist by Paula Quinn

Rating 4 stars!!

Book Description:


High-born though she is, Kate Campbell isn't afraid to draw her sword. When raiders strike, she rushes into the fray...and is lucky when a mysterious Highlander shields her from a deadly blow. Swept onto his stallion, she soon discovers that her rescuer is her clan's most hated enemy: Callum MacGregor, the man they call The Devil. Yet she cannot ignore his achingly tender touch or the way his fiery gaze leaves her breathless.

Callum MacGregor has taken many Campbell lives, but he's never saved one--until now. Mesmerized by this spirited lass, he wants her by his side, even if it means holding her for ransom. As his fingers graze her sumptuous curves and tangle in her unruly tresses, Callum realizes Kate Campbell is his most dangerous foe of all. For he can't make love to her without betraying his kinsmen and his honor...and surrendering his heart forever.

My Review: I picked up this book for two reasons. I needed a book that involved a family feud for a reading challenge that I'm doing and it came highly recommended by a few a my challenge and blogging buddies.
This was a really good story. I loved Callum. I also loved the way Ms.Quinn was true to the time period and that is was a violent time to live and she showed that through her story telling. I thought the love story between Callum and Katie was great. The scene on the horse! WOW! I also loved all of the other warriors. The secondary romance was also very sweet, I would like to have seen a little bit more of it. I already have A Highlander Never Surrenders and can't wait to read Graham's story.

Anyone But You by Jennifer Cruise

Rating 4.5!!

Book Description: For Nina Askew, turing forty means freedom—from the ex-husband whose career always came first, from their stuffy suburban home. Freedom to have her own apartment in the city, freedom to focus on what she wants for a change. And what she wants is something her ex always vetoed—a puppy. A bouncy puppy to cheer her up. Instead she gets…Fred.
Overweight, smelly and obviously suffering from some kind of doggy depression, Fred is light years from perky. But for all his faults, he does manage to put Nina face-to-face with Alex Moore, her gorgeous, younger downstairs neighbor.
Alex looks great on paper—a sexy, seemingly sane, surprisingly single E.R. doctor who shares Fred's abiding love for Oreos—but a ten-year difference in age, despite his devastating smile, is too wide a gap for Nina to handle. Ignoring her insistent best friend, some interfering do-gooders and the ubiquitous Fred—not to mention her suddenly raging hormones—Nina thinks anyone but Alex would be a better bet for a relationship. But with every silver-haired stiff she dates, the more she suspects it's the young dog-loving doctor she wants to sit and stay!

My Review: I really enjoyed this book. I can understand why it made AAR Top 100. What made this story so good is the Nina and Alex become really good friends first. The scenes where she helps him get rid of his bad dates are hilarious. Another original part of the story was the age difference between Nina and Alex. Nina is ten years older then Alex which you don't see very often especially in romance novels it works beautifully. Once they do get together it's very hot! The only thing that keeps this from being a 5 rating is the end I just thought some of the decisions Alex make just don't fit his personality. Everything else about this story worked and I highly recommend it.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Zombie Chicken Award

Thank-you Beth (carpoolqeen) for giving me this cool award.
This is what this award means.."The blogger who receives this award believes in the Tao of the zombie chicken - excellence, grace and persistence in all situations, even in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. These amazing bloggers regularly produce content so remarkable that their readers would brave a raving pack of zombie chickens just to be able to read their inspiring words. As a recipient of this world-renowned award, you now have the task of passing it on to at least 5 other worthy bloggers. Do not risk the wrath of the zombie chickens by choosing unwisely or not choosing at all..."I will pass this award along to ..

Ms Moonlight -
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Montana Creeds by Linda Lael Miller

The is the newest trilogy from Linda Lael Miller. This about three estranged brothers Logan, Dylan and Tyler.

Logan is back to restore the family name and the rundown ranch left neglected after his father's death. Logan is hoping to reconnect with his estranged brothers. Logan also meets Briana a single mom raising two boys on her own. She has been staying at Dylan's place. I felt Logan and Brianna's connection right away. I also love Briana's boys and how Logan connected with them. I love romances with cowboys whether they are contemporary or historical. I really enjoyed this story and highly recommend it.
Rating 4.5!

I think Dylan's story is my favorite in this trilogy. It has a lot of my favorite themes. Old loves reuniting. Dylan finds his two year daughter Bonnie sitting in his truck. He decides to heads back to Montana and reconnect with his lawyer brother Logan to see if he can help with his custody case. Once back in town he also reconnects with his old love Kristy Madison. I really enjoyed Dylan and Kristy's story. I also loved the scenes with just Dylan and Bonnie. There is just something sweet about a rough and tough cowboy taking care of a 2 year little girl.
Rating 4.75!!

Tyler's story was my least favorite of the trilogy. Even though it has a similar theme of old loves as Dylan's story did it didn't work. Tyler and Lily were only in about 3 or 4 scenes together through out the whole book. I just didn't feel the connections between the two. I enjoyed the story between Tyler and Davie, who may or may not be his son. I do recommend this story because it has a cute epilogue that wraps up the series, but it's definitely not the best in the series.
Rating 3.5!!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Did you know that today is a holiday?

Today is Patriots Day here in Massachusetts (it is also observed in Maine). This is a state holiday that commemorates the anniversary of the first battles of the Revolutionary War. Re-enactments of these battles are held every year at Lexington Green in Lexington and at the Old North Bridge in Concord, MA. There is also a re-enactment of Paul Revere's ride.

In recent years Patriots Day has also become known as Marthon Monday. The Boston Marathon is run every year on this day and this year will mark the 113th running.

The Red Sox have played at home every year since 1959. The games starts at 11am so that just as the game is ending the runners from the Marathon are heading through Kenmore Square.

**There is also Patriot Day which remembers September 11th 2001 and is not related to this holiday*

Thursday, April 16, 2009

TBR Challenge - Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Rating 4.75!!

Contains some spoilers!

Book Description: Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unholy partnership. In exchange for finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner—are there actually good vampires? Pretty soon Bones will have her convinced that being half-dead doesn't have to be all bad. But before she can enjoy her new found status as kick-ass demon hunter, Cat and Bones are pursued by a group of killers. Now Cat will have to choose a side . . . and Bones is turning out to be as tempting as any man with a heartbeat.

My Thoughts: I picked this book for the TBR Challenge. I had to picked an urban fantasy or paranormal bookl. I decided on Halfway to the Grave because I have been wanting to read this series for awhile. I am so glad I did. I don't normally read books told in the first person POV, but it didn't bother me at all.

I loved Cat! I thought she was great and the fight scene between her and Bones. WOW!

I love when the hero admits his feelings for the heroine early in the book. Bones is a vampire who knows his feelings and isn't afraid to admit them. He also will do anything to protect Cat even if it isn't always legal.

If you like Karen Marie Moning's Fever series, but you don't love it because there isn't enough romance. Then definitely pick up this series. I would make sure you have the second book available after you finish this one, because this book does have a cliffhanger and it doesn't have a typical HEA.

I can't wait to read the next book in this series!!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Contest Alert!!! ~ Elizabeth Hoyt ~

Barbara at Happily Forever After is running a very cool contest. Check out below for details
As promised, thanks to the very generous and lovely, Ms. Elizabeth Hoyt I have in my possession an autographed bookmark of her upcoming release, To Beguile A Beast which is set for release on the 28th of this month.
I also have an autographed copy of her historical romance novel, To Seduce A Sinner--which in case you weren't aware just so happens to be nominated for a RITA this year!!
*waiting patiently for the roar from the crowd to dissipate*
Yes, ladies her stories rock and she is very much deserving of the nomination!! A big congrats to Ms. Hoyt!!

So now, what do you have to do to get your paws on these totally rockin' prizes?
Why leave a comment on this post of course!
This contest will run through Wednesday and the winner will be chosen at random from the list of commenters and announced Thursday April 16th.
For more information on books by Ms. Hoyt be sure to check out her website.
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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Sunset Bay by Susan Mallery

4 stars!!

Book Description:

What if you got another chance at the life that got away?

L.A. accountant Megan Greene has a successful job, a handsome cardiologist fiancé, and a doting father. Surely they make up for her estranged sister and hypochondriac mother...and a niggling sense that something, somewhere, got lost along the way. But then Megan's life falls spectacularly apart. Faced with the knowledge that neither her father nor her fiancé are the men she thought they were, she is loath to trust Travis -- the high school boyfriend who never quite left her heart. But his reappearance stirs dreams she once reluctantly packed away, and forces her to confront her relationship with her sister -- a bond that has been strained to the limit but has never quite broken. And amid the turmoil lies the promise of a future Megan never expected -- one that may turn out to contain everything she really needs....

My Thoughts: I really like this book. I love Susan Mallery she is one of my all time favorites. Megan and Travis are a great couple and you find yourself absorb in their story. What's great is that the story when they are 18 and you see the relationship from their teenage point of view. Then the story fast forward 10 years later and you see them as adults and how their lives change, because of that summer. There are a lot of great secondary characters. Megan's friends, her sister, her dad and crazy mom.

The only thing that kept this from being a 5 for me was Megan father's reaction when he finds out the she is not his biological child. I just don't believe that someone who has raise a child just shuts them out of their so completely.

I'm not that great writing reviews, so check out the review over at Book Binge.

Puppy Love by Jane E. Jones

Rating 4.5!!

Book Description:
Sarah loses her little white dog, Casper Salt, and is sure her hunky next door neighbor has stolen him. When she realizes who the dognapper really is, she enlists Michael's help to get her dog back. And falls in love in the process.

My Thoughts:
This was such a cute story. I found myself laughing out loud. I don't want to give to much away because it's a short story. I will say if you are looking for a fun, cute, quick read you definitely want to download this story.

To purchase Puppy Love click here.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Coming Soon: What Happens in London by Juila Quinn

Julia Quinn's new book will be released June 30th.

Olivia Bevelstokemight be falling in love.

Harry Valentinemight not be who he says he is.

And they both might be in very big trouble, indeed...

Julia Quinn brings you What Happens in London, the sequel to The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever.

Julia Quinn is one of my favorite writers and I can't wait for the book to come out!!

Is anyone else eagerly awaiting this book?

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning

Fever Series 5++++ Stars

Darkfever Description:
MacKayla Lane's life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she's your perfectly ordinary twenty-first-century woman. Or so she thinks…until something extraordinary happens.When her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death - a cryptic message on Mac's cell phone - Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers. The quest to find her sister's killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle a power she had no idea she possessed - a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae….As Mac delves deeper into the mystery of her sister's death, her every move is shadowed by the dark, mysterious Jericho, a man with no past and only mockery for a future. As she begins to close in on the truth, the ruthless Vlane - an alpha Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women - closes in on her. And as the boundary between worlds begins to crumble, Mac's true mission becomes clear: find the elusive Sinsar Dubh before someone else claims the all-powerful Dark Book - because whoever gets to it first holds nothing less than complete control of the very fabric of both worlds in their hands….

Bloodfever Description:
I used to think my sister and I were just two nice southern girls who'd get married in a few years and settle down to a quiet life. Then I discovered that Alina and I descend, not from good wholesome southern stock, but from an ancient Celtic bloodline of powerful sidhe-seers, people who can see the Fae. Not only can I see the terrifying otherworldly race, but I can sense the sacred Fae relics that hold the deadliest of their magic.When my sister was found dead in a trash-filled alley in Dublin, I came over to get answers. Now all I want is revenge. And after everything I've learned about myself, I know I have the power to get it….MacKayla Lane's ordinary life underwent a complete makeover when she landed on Ireland's shores and was plunged into a world of deadly sorcery and ancient secrets. In her fight to stay alive, Mac must find the Sinsar Dubh - a million-year-old book of the blackest magic imaginable, which holds the key to power over both the worlds of the Fae and of Man. Pursued by Fae assassins, surrounded by mysterious figures she knows she cannot trust, Mac finds herself torn between two deadly and irresistible men: V'lane, the insatiable Fae who can turn sensual arousal into an obsession for any woman, and the ever-inscrutable Jericho Barrons, a man as alluring as he is mysterious. For centuries the shadowy realm of the Fae has coexisted with that of humans. Now the walls between the two are coming down, and Mac is the only thing that stands between them.…

Faefever Description:
Changed by the choices she made in order to survive, Mac no longer is the naïve, idealistic, and glamorous girl newly arrived in Dublin. Now, on a quest to find her sister's killer, she is a major player in a deadly game, but with one great advantage: she knows how to find the one thing Fae and human alike are willing to kill for - the Sinsar Dubh, an ancient book of magic so dark it corrupts anyone who touches it. What Mac soon discovers, however, is worse than she had imagined. Surrounded by treachery, her enemies indistinguishable from her allies, she can be certain of only one thing - as All Hallows' Eve approaches, her time is running out.

My Thoughts:
I loved this series. I didn't think I would so I had avoided this series for a long time. I'm not a big fan of the story being told in the 1st person . After I listened to Sugar Daddy and Blue Eyed Devil it didn't bother me as much and decided to give this series a chance. So I downloaded all three books and listened to them back to back to back. I loved them!! I had read enough about the series to know that they were more urban fantasy then romance and that each one ended with a cliffhanger. I love Mac and her struggle to survive when she doesn't know who to trust. I love Jericho and hope he is a good guy!! If he isn't I will be very disappointed. If you love romance, but are looking for something different check out this series.

I can't wait for Dreamfever due out in Sept. 09